The Kansas City Royals’ annual FanFest begins Friday at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. The two-day event includes appearances by the players, autograph sessions and interactive activities. Find hours, ticket information here.
Here are the top boys and girls basketball teams in the Kansas City area, as judged by The Star’s high school sports staff. The top two classifications in each state make up the big class. All other classes are considered small-class teams.
It is hard to see Bol Bol without thinking of his famous father, the late 7-foot-7 former NBA player and South Sudanese humanitarian Manute Bol. So tall, so thin, with the same high cheeks, the same brown and lively eyes. Bol, 14, is already taller than 99 percent of American adults and already talented enough that college coaches have called — all for a freshman who hasn’t yet played a varsity basketball game.
Thursday’s games brought matchups for girls’ and boys’ basketball at Avila University. Led by Liberty North’s Michael Hughes, the Eagles beat the Sumner Academy Sabres 59-44. Other boys’ games included the Bishop Miege Stags’ 56-28 win over the Liberty Blue Jays and the Olathe East Hawks’ 68-56 defeat of Rock Bridge. On the girls’ side, the Olathe South Falcons gave Rock Bridge a tough battle, but the Bruins won out 50-41.
Patriots score the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and beat the Ravens 64-59 at the Hy-Vee Shootout. In other games, the Bishop Miege girls topped Kearney, while the Washington boys beat Kearney and the Raytown South boys topped St. James Academy.